Valery Yaklovich Bryusov
He was a Russian poet, prose writer, dramatist, translator, critic and historian. He was one of the principal members of the Russian Symbolist movement.
Valery Bryusov was born on December 13, 1873 (recorded December 1, according to the old Julian calendar) into a merchant's family in Moscow. His parents had little do with his upbringing, and as a boy Bryusov was largely left to himself. He spent a great deal of time reading "everything that fell into [his] hands," including the works of Charles Darwin and Jules Verne, as well as various materialistic and scientific essays. The future poet received an excellent education, studying in two Moscow ... more »
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Valery Yaklovich Bryusov Poems
To A Young Poet
Pale youth with burning gaze, I give you three commandments now: Follow the first: don't live by the present, The future is a poet's only place.
Electric moons glow On long bent stalks The telegraph wires hum In gentle unseen hands;
It's all so familiar and clear, My eye's accustomed to every turn; I'm not mistaken- I'm at home; The wallpaper flowers, the chains of books...
The shadow of uncreated creatures Flickers in sleep, Like palm fronds On an enamel wall.
On slow and smoky fire thou burn'st and art consumed, O thou, my soul! On slow and smoky fire thou burn'st and art consumed, ...
To A Young Poet
Pale youth with burning gaze,
I give you three commandments now:
Follow the first: don't live by the present,
The future is a poet's only place.
Second, remember: feel for no one,
Love yourself without bounds.
Safeguard the third: worship art,
Art alone, without thought or goal.
Pale youth with embarrassed gaze!
If you follow my three commandments,
I'll die in peace, a defeated warrior,
Knowing I leave a poet behind.